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To become more economically competitive and reap the benefits of postsecondary educational levels, Kentucky has set a very ambitious goal to double the number of bachelor's degree holders by 2020. Clearly, increasing the college-going rate of working-age adults is an important strategy in the state's efforts to produce more degree holders. The Kentucky Adult Learner Initiative, which is funded by Lumina Foundation for Education, seeks to align the state's postsecondary policies with the needs of adult learners, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of adults with college degrees. As part of this initiative, working groups were formed to address three major policy issues identified by the Council's research--credit for prior learning, flexible academic programming, and financial aid. Because all stakeholders must work together to help adult learners meet their educational goals, working groups included representatives from CPE, public and postsecondary institutions, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, the General Assembly, and the private sector. The groups met monthly in the summer and fall of 2008 to devise recommendations to make Kentucky's postsecondary education system more responsive to the needs of adult learners. This document presents a list of recommendations developed by the working groups. All recommendations address the barriers of access, affordability, and aspiration in different ways. Taken together, these recommendations will help surmount those barriers and enable adults in Kentucky to continue their education, achieving the goal of doubling the numbers.

Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Barriers, Educational Opportunities, Alignment (Education), Change Strategies, State Programs, Improvement Programs, Developmental Studies Programs, Student Needs, Educational Policy

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Autor: Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education


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